nurirainbowThe northwest Pacific Ocean basin, home to some of the strongest typhoons on the planet, has done it again. Barely one month after Super Typhoon Vongfong peaked at an intensity that was among the top 30 most intense such storms on record, Super Typhoon Nuri rapidly intensified on Sunday to rival or beat that milestone. The storm is located over the open ocean, hundreds of miles to the south of Japan, and is forecast to swerve to the northeast, moving out to sea before hitting land. Based on satellite estimates, it now has maximum sustained winds of 180 miles per hour, which is about equal to or stronger than Vongfong was. More